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Old 10-15-2011, 10:26 AM
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one of my most embarassing moments boating.. I took two friends fishing inshore, and ended up marooned waiting for the tide to return!
We were stuck in a mud flat. The trail of the boat pushing through the mud is visible at the stern. Sea Tow came but they couldn't help. We were too far away from adequately deep water. We sat there talking for three hours then got excited watching the water creep back over the mud and eventually re-float us!


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Here's a a couple of questions:
Why is there a trail in the mud?
Did you have the engine down and in gear while it scoured the trail?
Did you not try to get back in deeper water when it got too shallow?
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Old 10-15-2011, 12:50 PM
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Here's my grounding in Chatham inlet a few weeks back.....Coast Guard had me on camera the whole time since I was so close to the station.....talk about embarassing!

I had an amazing show by a group of 6-8 seals who were enormously entertained that I was there! One leader would slap and flip whenever I stopped watching their antics....they are like poochies in wet suits.

Chatham harbormaster was a gem.....kept an eye out for me and gave me instructions on deploying my anchor for pulling myself out when the tide came in.

I was then treated to a 10 mile run in new moon darkness as my introduction to night boating without a spotlight and thankfully with chart/radar overlay. Made it the whole way without even touching anything...but my hand marks are still in the steering wheel.

Thanks for the company!
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Originally Posted by Jay A View Post
Here's a a couple of questions:
Why is there a trail in the mud?
Did you have the engine down and in gear while it scoured the trail?
Did you not try to get back in deeper water when it got too shallow?
My guesses...
1. Cuz thats where the boat went.
2. Hell Yea....We were flying, until the end!
3. Nope, You don't think that beer in the cupholder was the only one
on board, do Ya??
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Tireless has a good one!!

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half way home on a 800 mile trip from buying the boat the rear axle broke off in the bronx




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That will ruin your day!!!!!!!


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Sorry, no photos but a short story instead.


Years ago when in a bass club we would fish the Chester River. Some would go into Morgan Creek. It had a lot of blow downs on turns that held bass.

We talked about how there really was only one way in to avoid the shallow muck bottom that laid still and waited silently for an uneducated lower unit and innocent hull.

During one tournament, just out of coincidence, another boat (Joe) and I met at the mouth of the creek. I asked "Joe" if he was sure of the way in?
The opening was about 100 yards wide but the deeper, safe pass, was maybe 50 feet wide.
I was not sure but Joe said he knew the way. I said, If it gets shallow, don't let off what ever you do!"
So he, in a 19' Bass Cat with a 150hp, took off, got on plane and headed in. Joe trimmed her up and was throwing a beautiful white rooster tail doing about 50mph as he neared the mouth of the creek.

All of the sudden the purr of the engine turned into a low growl and the white rooster tail turned into the most mind blowing BLACK water works we have ever seen as he didn't let off and made it across about 6" of water over a LONG mud flat.
We never laughed so hard in amazement he didn't get stuck.

I guess you had to be there.


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Originally Posted by basswacker View Post
half way home on a 800 mile trip from buying the boat the rear axle broke off in the bronx

...and that's the reason why I paid extra to have my recently bought boat transported on a flatbed from Fl to CA

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The strap, second one from the right, closer to the bow stop upright, it looks loose.

..just sayin...

Hope all went well.


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Originally Posted by Jay A View Post
Here's a a couple of questions:
Why is there a trail in the mud?
Did you have the engine down and in gear while it scoured the trail?
Did you not try to get back in deeper water when it got too shallow?
There's a trail in the mud cause I was moving slowly through the mud trying to get back to the deeper water. Yes the motor was down, but tilted up. We tried everything to get back to the deeper water, tossing the anchor and pulling, poling, I even got out and tried pulling us through it but all that accomplished was me sinking down to my waste in pluff mud. It was a large mud flat at the mouth of a small creek off of a main channel. No GPS, no map, just a depth/fish finder and that doesn't tell you what is in front of you!! No damage, just loss of "valuable" fishing time!

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If the moving water in the photo is the channel, why are there no markers?
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not me, but a buddy of mine… had to wait till tide came in
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Originally Posted by sea tonic View Post
There's a trail in the mud cause I was moving slowly through the mud trying to get back to the deeper water. Yes the motor was down, but tilted up. We tried everything to get back to the deeper water, tossing the anchor and pulling, poling, I even got out and tried pulling us through it but all that accomplished was me sinking down to my waste in plough mud. It was a large mud flat at the mouth of a small creek off of a main channel. No GPS, no map, just a depth/fish finder and that doesn't tell you what is in front of you!! No damage, just loss of "valuable" fishing time!
I just hope the motor didn't ingest too much mud....not good for the impeller.


I saw a 18 foot or so boat get stuck on a sand bar as the three occupants tried in vain to lift the motor. I guess it didn't have power tilt, anyway I waited a minute laughing because all their weight was at the stern! Then I told them to move the heaviest two towards the bow and the lightest occupant was able to lift the motor.
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Here's my grounding in Chatham inlet a few weeks back.....Coast Guard had me on camera the whole time since I was so close to the station.....talk about embarassing!

I had an amazing show by a group of 6-8 seals who were enormously entertained that I was there! One leader would slap and flip whenever I stopped watching their antics....they are like poochies in wet suits.

Chatham harbormaster was a gem.....kept an eye out for me and gave me instructions on deploying my anchor for pulling myself out when the tide came in.

I was then treated to a 10 mile run in new moon darkness as my introduction to night boating without a spotlight and thankfully with chart/radar overlay. Made it the whole way without even touching anything...but my hand marks are still in the steering wheel.

Thanks for the company!
I saw you sitting there, sorry got a chuckle out of it.
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Always wished I had a picture of these two times. First was many years ago on my little Carlson Contender. It was a 14' with a 3/4 tunnel (tunnel in the front, flat bottom at the transom) with a 150 Merc rode on air mostly. Hit bar or flat with 3" of water, ended up about 250' up onto it before it stopped totally mud covered (the boat and I).

Fuuniest pict would have been one morning right at sun-up taking the turn into Corson Inlet from Ocean City side, I cut the corner, hard onto the beach. Passed it on the road to work later that morning, there were about a dozen pickup trucks and surf fisherman between it and the water I got a couple calls that day "Mike, have you checked on your boat? you wouldn't believe where I just saw it"
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I've posted this one before but thought it fit this catagory well. Photo was taken in a tidal water section of the Saco river in Southern Maine. There is a jetty that runs about half way across the river to a small island and is invisable at high tide. Unless you know the area, you would never know it's there.
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Originally Posted by 240 LTS View Post
If the moving water in the photo is the channel, why are there no markers?
There are markers in that area, (just outa frame) but at high water there is close to 3ft of water where he is sitting high and dry. The tide goes out QUICK off that bar, just about every tide in the summer there is a boat stuck on the sand.
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ouch! I hope they were anchored and not underway when they found the rocks!
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My guess is that he was underway. It's not the first time I've seen boats run into the rocks in that area. It always baffled me why they don't mark it better. This picture was taken about 40 minutes after the first, just to give you an idea of how quickly the tide changes.
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